Discover how cities are preparing for climate risk at Climate Week NYC

19 August 2014

NEW YORK: Learn how cities around the world are boosting their resilience and adaptation to man-made climate change at a key city-themed event at Climate Week NYC 2014 next month.

Cities currently generate 80% of global GDP, but many of the world’s leading metro areas are vulnerable to human driven climate change. CDP even estimates as much as four trillion worth of assets will be in jeopardy before 2030, due to the global warming.

This exposure to climate risk is keenly felt, and 76% of the 207 cities surveyed for the recent CDP report acknowledge climate change could threaten business.

Given this vulnerability to climate impacts, many cities worldwide are scaling up their adaption and resilience efforts in an attempt to secure their position in the global market.

During Climate Week NYC, which takes place from September 22-28, don’t miss one event in particular which will focus on how new technologies can help cities worldwide protect their economic standing, while also improving quality of life for their citizenry. Held on September 16, VERGE Salon: Next-Gen Buildings and Cities unites government representatives and corporate executives with real estate portfolio owners and facilities managers, for a stimulating conversation on how cities can harness emerging technologies to realize their low carbon goals.

This unique platform will enable the diverse array of participants to see the opportunities for innovation in building and city infrastructure, while also facilitating knowledge exchange and networking. For those interested in the links between smart systems and sustainable development this event is not to be missed.

Separately, the opportunities associated with low carbon transport - both urban and rural - will be explored in a high level event on transport organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC) in conjunction with SLoCaT Partnership and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) on September 22. Hosted by domestic rail giant, Amtrak, this full-day forum will outline the six commitments currently being formulated by the transport community for submission to the UN Climate Summit.

For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit and follow the conversation on Twitter using #CWNYC.

You can also see our Climate Week NYC media resources for press releases, contacts and more info.

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By Alana Ryan

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